Mr. Suggs helps companies avoid work-related legal exposure by giving preventive advice in his office, and by telephone, e-mail, and written correspondence, as well as on the Company’s premises. He regularly provides training for clients at their facilities. The training centers on the employer’s rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act, and the discrimination laws, including Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Mr. Suggs has defended claims of class-wide discrimination. Examples include:
- Race and Sex Discrimination class claims against a single factory of a textile company;
- Race, Sex, and Age Discrimination class claims against several plants of an automotive Tier 1 supplier; and
- Race Discrimination class claims against an apparel maker and distributor.
Mr. Suggs has defended countless individual employment claims in both state and federal courts. Although Mr. Suggs’ objective is to obtain summary judgment for the employer based on pre-trial discovery and motions, some of these matters have been settled (many favorably), and some have been tried to a verdict. Of those tried to a verdict or disposed of on summary judgment, there have been a number of appeals to various courts of appeal and state supreme courts.
Mr. Suggs has had campaigns with fewer than ten employees in the Upper Midwest and with several thousand employees for a large manufacturer in the Lower Midwest. He has handled elections in the boroughs of New York City and in small rural communities. Mr. Suggs has experience in presenting Representation cases at the regional level and defending unfair labor practice cases before administrative law judges, the NLRB, and the Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Suggs’ office work includes preparing employment contracts, including restrictive covenants, reviewing employee handbooks for legal sufficiency, and preparing collective bargaining proposals.
Mr. Suggs works with clients in a number of industries, including apparel, automotive, banking, chemicals, communications, construction, education, finance, food service, grocery, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, sales, technology, textiles, and transportation.